18.02.2020

Autokino Koberbachtalsperre Langenhessen/Germany

The Koberbach dam in West Saxony is an important economic building, but also a place for leisure sports and entertainment. 
Since 1992 there is a drive-in cinema: Autokino Langenhessen - one of the biggest in Germany with three screens. You can see there movies from March till November.

Amphitheatre in Red Rocks Park/USA

I got this postcard via postcrossing from Jess. She wrote "Believe it or not, this is a place to watch movies. Every summer and parts of Autumn and Spring, you can go to this Beautiful mountain area and watch films or concerts."
Red Rocks Park is Denver's mountain park on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the central part of the US state of Colorado. The Red Rocks Amphitheater is the main attraction of the 351-hectare park.
It is an open-air stage embedded between two approximately 100-meter-high sandstone cliffs, which can accommodate around 9,400 people and is known for its outstanding acoustics. The stage was completed in 1941, but was not used for a public event until 1947. Due to its size, it is suitable for large music and Theater events. The best-known artists who performed there also included the Beatles (1964), Bruce Springsteen (1978), Eric Clapton (1983), Sting (1985), U2 (1983), Neil Young (2000), Depeche Mode (2009), Disturbed (2016) and Bad Company (2017).
Since 1999, a joint production of the Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues, Film on the Rocks was created to provide the community with an affordable opportunity to enjoy movies and live entertainment at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Thank you, Jess, for showing me this interesting place!

Capitol in Leipzig/Germany

Leipzig's tradition as an important trade fair location in central Europe with one of the oldest trade fairs in the world dates back to 1190. The Petershof built from 1927 to 1929 as a trade fair building by architect Alfred Liebig (1878–1952). There was also the Capitol cinema until 2003.
The cinema was opened in 1929 with 1714 places in one hall. The Munich film group Emelka was the owner of the cinema. Emelka had to file for bankruptcy in November 1932 because its theater chain was unable to cope financially with the conversion to sound film. So the UFA was the new owner of the cinema.
For a long time it was the biggest cinema in East Germany.
Here had taking place since 1955 one of the oldest international film festival for documentary and animated film, now called DOK Leipzig.
From 1970 to 1993 there was also the smaller Capitol Studio Kino next to the main hall.
In the 90s the Capitol was converted into a 4-room house.
In 2004 and 2005 the Petershof was rebuilt. Apart from the facade to Petersstrasse, the atrium and the round staircase, all parts of the building were torn down and a department store was built into the building fragments.

07.02.2020

Kino Vysočina in Žďár nad Sázavou/Czech Republic


Žďár nad Sázavou is a town in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic. It has now approximately 21.000 inhabitants and is the administrative capital of the Žďár nad Sázavou District. The city is a prominent centre of tourism, situated on a major rail link between Prague and Brno.
The town gained prominence after 1945 when the communist government decided to build steel works in the city, called ŽĎAS. Within less than twenty years the Population grew from about 3.000 in 1950 to 15.000 in 1969.
New residential areas were also built with the necessary social buildings, including the cinema.
Kino Vysočina opened on 15 August 1963 with the screening of the wide-screen and colorful Slovak film Jánošík  and was one of the most modern cinemas in Czechoslovakia.
In 2011, the cinema underwent the aforementioned digitization, and in 2014 the cinema operation went under the administration of the town.

02.02.2020

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Ein Menschenschicksal" 1965

This postcard was published in 1965 by Reisebüro der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik.
The poster advertises the movie Ein Menschenschicksal / Судьба человека / Fate of a Man, a 1959 Soviet film adaptation of the short story by Mikhail Sholokhov, and also the directorial debut of Sergei Bondarchuk. Bondarchuk won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of his adaption of Tolstoy's War and Peace in 1969.
The movie tells the ordeal of a simple man who lost his house and family in the Second World War. But despite the bitterest experiences, he maintained his belief in the power of man. Patriotism and one-sided hate songs undermine the pacifist message of the visually impressive anti-war film. Still worth reading and seeing.
The film was released in East Germany on 6 November 1959. Kino International was opened on 15 November 1963. So there must be a re-release of this film.

Filmszinház in Kiskunhalas/Hungary

Kiskunhalas is a town with about 28.000 inhabitants in the middle of Hungary, located 130 km south of Budapest. The postcard is maybe from the 1970s.
It is not easy to know more about this cinema.
It is as part of the town hall and theatre complex. The large, four-winged building was built in Art Nouveau style according to the plans of Rezső Hikisch and Henrik Kotálalongside in 1906. It includes the administrative functions, including theaters, restaurants and shops. The facades with different colored, torn, plastered facades are decorated with sgraffito-like representations.
In the late 1940s, the cinema was opened there. Cinema and theater still work.